Kildare 2-11 -
Goals from Paul Divilly and Tony Murphy secured a first ever Kehoe Cup crown for the Kildare hurlers on Sunday.
The Lilies had five points to spare at the end of what had been a closely fought contest for the majority of the game. Willie Sunderland’s side claimed a modicum of revenge for their championship defeat to the Royals in last year’s Christy Ring Cup.
The opening goal arrived in the 43rd minute when team captain Paul Divilly’s 45-metre free dropped into the Meath net to leave it 1-6 to 0-8.
Within a minute the sides were level for the sixth and final time as substitute Peter Durnin pointed but Kildare made a decisive break when Tony Murphy connected with a Gerry Keegan delivery to steer the sliotar to the net.
Try as they did Meath with Stephen Clynch leading the charge from centre-half-half couldn’t bridge the gap in their bid to win the competition for a seventh time and first since 2011.
The vigilance of the Kildare rearguard and goalkeeper Paddy McKenna stymied Meath attempts to register a goal.
KILDARE: Paddy McKenna; Paul Keegan, Fiachra Ó Muineacháin, Patrick Curtin; Kieran Divilly (0-1), Richie Hoban, Niall Ó Muineacháin; Danny Butler, Eanna O’Neill (0-1); Mark Moloney (0-2), Paul Divilly (capt) (1-4, 1-3 fs), Peader Downey (0-1); Tony Murphy (1-1), David Kennedy, Gerry Keegan. Subs – R. Kelly (0-1) for O’Neill (48), Bernard Day for Kennedy (55)